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Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, to keep our membership safe, the November 7, 2020 Siletz General Council meeting will be a video presentation by the Tribal Chairman. The video presentation will be available to review November 7-12, 2020 on the Tribal Website, under the Member Only Area. 
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Siletz Tribal Court
PO Box 549
Siletz OR 97380

(800) 922-1399 ext. 1228 or 1218
(541) 444-8228
(541) 444-8270 Fax

Tribal Court Mission Statement
To protect the rights of the Tribe and its members; to enforce obligations and law while maintaining the sovereignty of the Siletz Tribe as an Indian Nation.

The Siletz Tribal Court is comprised of one Chief Judge, two Appellate Judges, one District Court Judge, one Gaming Court Judge, one Community Court Judge, one full-time Court Administrator and one half-time Deputy Court Administrator. Tribal Council appoints Judges to the Tribal Court and this branch of Government. This authority includes, but is not limited to, the power to review and overturn Tribal legislative and executive actions for violations of this Constitution or of the Federal Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968. Currently included are limited judicial services for family, juvenile, employment, gaming, torts, and other matters that fall within the current tribal ordinances.


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2019 judges



Calvin E. Gantenbein graduated from Portland State University in 1970 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1974. He earned his way through law school by working as a Portland Police officer in North Portland. He was a self-employed attorney, practicing family/juvenile law and criminal defense in Portland, Oregon. Gantenbein was the lead attorney in a death penalty defense case of a juvenile in 1980 and also served as a judge pro tem for Multnomah County District Court. For several years he was a contract judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System and began serving as a judge pro tem in Siletz Tribal Court in 1995. In July of 1999, he was appointed by the Siletz Tribal Council to the position of Tribal Court Chief Judge. He recently was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Metlakatla Indian Community Court of Appeals in Metlakatla, Alaska and has earned certificates in General Jurisdiction Trial Skills from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He is a member of the Oregon State, Federal District Court of Oregon and Siletz Tribal bars. He currently also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Clatsop County Juvenile Court.


Ed Goodman received his BA from State University of New York at Albany in 1982, and his MS from the University of Maryland in 1986. He also received his JD degree from Harvard Law School with honors in 1989. Judge Goodman began his legal career at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services, where he served first as a staff attorney and then as the Director of Litigation. He joined the firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker in the fall of 2001 and became a partner in September 2003.

Mr. Goodman represents tribal clients on a wide range of issues, including housing, tribal jurisdiction and sovereignty, natural resources and environmental law, water law, gaming and the Indian Child Welfare Act. He has litigated on behalf of tribes in state, federal and tribal courts, as well as in various administrative forums. He has assisted in the drafting of constitutions, ordinances, by-laws and administrative regulations for tribal governments. He also has extensive experience advising tribes on their tribal court systems, and currently serves as an Associate Judge for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon.

Mr. Goodman represents a number of tribal housing authorities and his work in this area includes advice and representation on issues arising under the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) and landlord-tenant issues, as well as personnel and other administrative matters. He has also participated in negotiated rulemaking for the NAHASDA regulations.

Mr. Goodman served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College from 1995-2000.

He was appointed as Judge in Siletz Tribal Court in 1999. He is a member of the Oregon State, Federal District Court of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Court and the Coquille Indian Tribal Court bars.


Mark Williams received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1982. After graduating, he was awarded a one-year fellowship to serve as community organizer and staff attorney with Anishinable Legal Aid, an Indian Legal Services project in Case Lake, Minn. In 1984 Williams began work for Legal Aid of Multnomah County as a staff attorney, representing indigent clients in administrative hearings, appeals, and civil litigation.  In 1987 he accepted a position with Multnomah County, serving as senior assistant county counsel for four years before being appointed senior assistant general counsel for METRO, the Portland, Oregon area regional government.

From 1996 to 2004, Williams served as general manager and chief executive officer for Metro's Exposition Recreation Commission, a publicly owned facility management and construction organization with 575 full and part-time employees and $40 million in annual revenues. In 2003 Williams was appointed to serve concurrently as the first appointed chief operating officer for METRO, a regional government with more than 700 employees and a $220 million annual budget.

From 2004 until his retirement in 2018, Williams worked for Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in various positions including Vice President for Campus Development and as Chief Strategy Officer for OHSU's Knight Cancer Center.

He was appointed a Judge in the Siletz Tribal Court in 1999. He is a retired member of the Oregon State Bar, and a current member of the Siletz Tribal Bar.


Drew Viles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1997), an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan (1987), two B.A.s from Oregon State University (1983), and an A.S. (1979) from Blue Mt. Community College. His work with the post-termination Siletz Tribal Court started at its inception. He served on the Tribal Court Committee prior to the Court’s actual establishment. The Siletz Tribal Council appointed him to the very first panel of Siletz Appellate Judges. He has completed a variety of judicial trainings and holds a certificate from the National Judicial College for successful completion of its Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges course of study. In 1997, the Siletz Tribal Council appointed him a second time to judicial office – this time as an Associate Judge. Between these two early appointments, he worked as Siletz Tribal Court Clerk in 1987 and also has served as a spokesman in the Siletz Tribal Court on a pro bono basis. The Siletz Tribal Council named Dr. Viles an Associate Judge again in 2017.